Rivals cheer at Shout Out
ASCENSION - For the 16th year, high school rivals shouted and cheered for their school to win top honors and bragging rights for a year.
The East Ascension Spartans and the St. Amant Gators went head-to-head at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center. The Shout Out is a week-long show of school spirit that ends with the East Ascension-St. Amant high school football game.
"This is the largest pep rally in the state of Louisiana among two communities," said St. Amant Shout Out Captain James LeBlanc. "The difference between this pep rally and any other pep rally is that they all love each other."
It wouldn't be a competition without a little friendly family rivalry, LeBlanc's son, Derek LeBlanc represent East Ascension. A family tradition that brings intense school spirit.
"The fellowship, the tradition that it holds, and the two communities coming together as one," said Derek LeBlanc.
In the last six years, the Shout Out has raised $146,000, split equally between each school's athletic department.
The winner if the Shout Out is presented with the spirit stick and bragging rights for a year. An honor the Gators are familiar with.
"We're going to bring home the spirit stick for the third year in a row," said Slade Gaudin.
The spirit stick for the 2013-2014 went to the St. Amant Gators. The football game between the Spartans and Gators is 7 p.m. Nov. 1 in Spartan Stadium.